Casio PX850 BK 88-Key Touch Sensitive Privia Digital Piano Review


Arguably the best product of the reputed Casio Privia series, the PX-850 is an all-encompassing stylish, lightweight and superior grand piano that is simply built to amaze. This flagship product from the famous instrument maker boasts advanced features like dual speaker system, upright cabinet, 18 instrument tones, 1/4″ audio outputs, USB output port and the advanced AIR sound set which produces an added realism to the piano’s note and rhythm.

Casio PX850 BK 88-Key Touch Sensitive Privia Digital Piano Review

Another novel and unique feature of the PX-850 is the Lid Simulation where the piano’s lid can be hooked open, shut closed or left half open or even removed. Combining all these awesome features with the new keyboard action and the powerful sound engine makes this piano a must-have for true music lovers.

Here are some of its key features:

Tri-sensor well-weighted Keyboard

One of the prominent features of the Casio PX850 Privia is the redesigned scaled and weighted hammer action keyboard with 88 keys which feature Damped Resonance, Hammer response, and Sympathetic resonance. The Ebony and Ivory textured keys gives the piano an alluring view while it’s well-built sensors read the movement of the keys with professional accuracy and speed allowing you to simply lose yourself in the light pressing keys. To enhance your experience, the PX-850 also regulates the speed of the hammers about the velocity, so that the keys are pressed giving you that smooth and rich sound.

Superb instrument flexibility with unique Lid Simulation feature

Apart from the opportunity to choose from over 18 instrument tones which includes tones like strings, organ, electric guitar, bass, etc., the PX-850 also offers an impressive 256 notes of polyphony for easy adaptability. This superb piano also features the split and layer mode of playing which allows you to play lower notes using your left hand while playing tones on layers with your right. For music teachers, the PX-850 is just perfect with its Duet mode which allows you split the keyboard into two parts, allowing you and your student to use the keyboard at the same time. Another outstanding feature of the Casio PX850 Privia is its powerful amplifier and lid adjustment feature. Combining all these features with the keyboard cover, pedal and piano stand makes this piano the pick for true lovers of music.

Class compliant” USB and MIDI connectivity

Why let your music experience end when you get up from the piano? The PX-850 which prides itself on its “class compliant” USB connectivity is also equipped with the USB MIDI which allows you to connect your Apple iPad with the use of the Apple Camera Connection Kit. You can also enjoy the supreme sound quality of the PX-850 through the two stereo standard dedicated headphone jacks. The Privia PX-850 is built with a recorder and boasts two types of USB terminals; USB to Host port that connects to personal computers (like your Mac and Windows PC) and MIDI devices and a USB to Device port that allows you transfer your music to storage devices like a flash drive or an external hard drive.

Unique and beautiful grand piano sound quality

One of the PX-850’s most distinct features is its awesome grand piano sound quality which is arguably one of the best and the finest among the digital pianos on the market today. This unique sound is a result of the Casio owned AiR (Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator) processor which enhances the sound produced using four different pre-recorded levels of concert grand piano samples to produce unique grand piano sounds with long natural delays on notes and an awesome expression. To further give the pianist more control on sound production, the PX-850 come equipped with a three pedal unit namely the soft, sostenuto and damper pedals which control all 88 keys of the piano at once.

Superb sound system setup

The PX-850 12cm by 2cm speaker system supported with the 5cm by 2cm tweeters are also great for indoor parties as they are capable of producing really loud music without jeopardizing the sound quality. Powered by a state-of-the-art amplifier and a powerful new sound engine, the PX-850’s speakers produces perfectly produced notes at whatever volume you desire. To complete the appeal of this piano, it comes pre-packaged with a matching keyboard cover and stands in an All-in-one package.

What I Liked about this Product
  • very loud
  • USB connectivity
  • unique sound quality
  • Durable instrument
  • classy exterior.
What I Didn’t Like about this Product
  • The piano’s material feels cheap.

**Common Queries About This Product**

Q1.How does the cover for the piano work?
A.About an inch above private emblem, you’ll notice a gap approximately 1/3″ wide which your fingers can lift in and pull out. You will also notice grooves on either side of the piano that the cover fits in after it is pulled out.

Q2.Will this be a good choice for someone who is self-learning to play the piano at home?
A.Yes, it is less expensive than a “real” piano, but it feels and sounds pretty much the same, and it is also more compact. The dedicated headphone jack which allows the learner to practice without necessarily causing a disturbance, which is another added advantage for self-learners. Also being able to record and playback helps you to listen to your own performance and do a self-evaluation of where improvements are needed.

Q3.If properly maintained, how long should it last?
A.The lifespan of the piano is unknown; it all depends on how you take care of it. However, from what I can tell, it is very durable and should last you over 20 years.

Q4.Does this piano plug into the wall or uses batteries?
A.It plugs into the wall.

Q5.Is it difficult to set up?
A.No, it isn’t. It only took two adults an hour to set it up.

Final verdict

If you are looking for a real acoustic piano experience albeit via a cheaper alternative, then the Casio PX-850 is your best choice. Casio engineers worked long hours equipping this particular piano with top features that are meant to give you that genuine piano experience. This is the best of the Privia series and arguably the best of the digital pianos produced by Casio. This classic and stylish product is simply the best for true music lovers, most of which have sent their rave reviews on how the PX 850 exceeded their expectations. Don’t miss out of this great product, place your order today.

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